Department:Computing and Communications (School of)
Level:Part II (yr 3)
Course Convenor:Dr U Roedig
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Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabusback to top
Multimedia communication systems, QoS for the Internet, error-resilient video coding, bandwidth adaptation, scalable image and video compression, multimedia communication channel models, network-adaptive multimedia, streaming media on demand, interactive multimedia distribution, multimedia applications and systems (IP-telephony, audio/video streaming, IP video conference).
The five tutorials will be organised along the following five themes and will consist of worked examples and discussion on:
Quality of Service issues
Error resilient coding techniques
Scalable image and video coding
Network adaptive playout
Multimedia streaming applications
Curriculum Design: Pre-requisites/Co-requisites/Exclusionsback to top
Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
To provide an understanding of the fundamentals of multimedia transmission, including communication protocols, real-time streaming, and quality of service (QoS) with the use of examples.
Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
This module allows students to acquire and develop a wide variety of intellectual and transferable skills. On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
evaluate information critically, and provide objective opinions,
follow rapid developments in the field of ICT
extrapolate concepts into design of new products
Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
on successful completion of the module students will be able to…
compare unicast and multicast, streaming and downloading, interactive and non-interactive communication
explain the concept of quality of service for the Internet
analyse and design multimedia communication protocols
explain the main concepts of error-resilient coding
discuss basic principles of scalable multimedia coding
compare multimedia data transport mechanisms
discuss network adaptation mechanisms
explain principles of multimedia streaming
evaluate different multimedia communication systems
Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
apply problem-solving skills,
recognise and utilise latest multimedia communication technologies,
interpret and integrate diverse information sources to form a coherent understanding of the subject,
develop bespoke solutions to industrial and academic problems
Assessment: Details of Assessmentback to top
The examination will test all aspects of the theoretical material presented in the lectures. The coursework is assessed from the 5 tutorials, each worth 5%.
Assessment will establish understanding of key concepts, ability to link various aspects of the module, ability to provide a critical assessment of elements making up and factors affecting multimedia communications.
Curriculum Design: Select Bibliographyback to top
 Multimedia over IP and Wireless Networks: Compression, Networking, and Systems, Eds. P.A.Chou and M. van der Shaar, Elsevier, 2007.
 Y. Wang, J. Ostermann, and Y. Zhang, Video Processing and Communications, Prentice Hall, 2002.
 Ralf Steinmetz and Klara Nahrstedt, Multimedia: Computing, Communications and Applications, Prentice-Hall, 1995, ISBN 0-13-324435-0
 Compressed Video over Networks, Eds. A.R. Reibman and M.T. Sun, Marcel Dekker, New York, NY, 2001.
 Multimedia Communications: Directions and Innovations, Eds. S.W. Carter, D.D.E. Long, and J.-F. Paris, Academic Press, 2001.
Curriculum Design: Single, Combined or Consortial Schemes to which the Module Contributesback to top
I) as a core/compulsory module
BSc/MSci(Hons) Information Technology & Media Communications
BSc/MSci(Hons) Computer & Communication Systems
BEng/MEng(Hons) Electronic Communication Systems
II) as an optional module
BSc/MSci(Hons) Telecommunications with Management